Highest Rated 1999 Oregon Pinot Noirs

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Archery Summit P Noir
Red Hills 99

Go To Archery Summit Pages The 1998 Red Hills Estate has a saturated dark purple color and boasts complex aromas of marion berries, cassis, smoky oak, dark cherries, cinnamon, earth and minerals. This large scaled masculine wine has big firm tannins that are ripe and well integrated with the great concentraton of dark fruit. The mid-palate is wide and deep. Brooding and intense, complex with great structure, this is a wine that will reward cellaring. The vintage produced 499 (750ml) cases.

Archery Summit Pinot Noir Premier Cuvee 99
Go To Archery Summit Pages WPNW Review (Spring 2001): Rich, toasty aromas are followed by balanced flavors of cherry, plum, strawberry and vanilla. Nice acid balance and soft tannins. Won gold at the NorthWest Wine Summit. Highly recommended by Avalon-
grab it quick before it's gone!
We'll probably have this wine for about an hour after I post this to the web, but we have some cases so I am putting it here to give everyone a chance to get some. The 98 Archery Premier Cuvee Pinot Noir was #33 in Wine Spectator's "Top 100 Wines of the World" for 2000. This wine is as good or better as the 98. The 99 Arcus Pinot Noir got 95 points in Wine Spectator and sold out instantly. As soon as this wine is reviewed, it will be gone, and probably before. The flavors of ripe black fruits, violets, cassis, and oak all show characteristics of a classic Oregon Pinot Noir. Age up to 10 years.


Beaux Freres Pinot Noir 99
Go To Beaux Freres Pages A surprisingly sweet, almost jammy nose of cola, black cherry liqueur, raspberries and blackberries. Despite aging in 80% new François Frères oak, the wood is beautifully integrated and subtle (particularly impressive for such a young wine). Fat, succulent, fleshy and full-bodied, with an intense richness and seamless texture. Wine Spectator 94 points.

Domaine Coteau Pinot Noir 99
Go To Domaine Coteau Pages Domaine Coteau has put a great amount of thought and expertise into the development of their winemaking methods. The Domaine's approach to winemaking begins in the vineyard. Good terrain, healthy vines, and ripe grapes are pre-requisites for producing great Pinot Noir.

Panther Creek Pinot Noir Arcus Vineyard 99
Go To Panther Creek Pages 1999 is Panther Creek’s first vintage with Archery Summit’s Arcus Estate in the Red Hills above Dundee, Oregon. The soil type is Jory. The wine is a blend of Dijon clones (114, 667, 777 and 828) which were co-fermented and barreled-down together. It is lighter in style than most Panther Creek Pinots, but beautifully balanced and exceedingly elegant and complex. Panther Creek’s Arcus is all red fruit (especially raspberries) on the palate, with lovely spice and earthy components. Only 200 cases were produced of Arcus, bottled March 5, 2001, after aging 16 months in 15% new French oak. The Archery Summit Arcus vineyard yielded 1.58 tons of grapes per acre.

Panther Creek Pinot Noir Bednarik Vineyard 99
Go To Panther Creek Pages Bednarik has the most exotic flavor profile of Panther Creek’s single vineyard Pinots, with structure and ageability somewhere between Shea and Freedom Hill. Clones are Pommard and Wadenswil; the soil type is Willakenzie. The ‘99 Bednarik’s palate is a fine example of blue and black fruits seamlessly integrating with the clove and allspice flavors that typify the site. Panther Creek produced 705 cases of Bednarik, and bottled it March 7, 2001, after aging 16 months in 20% new French oak.

Panther Creek Pinot Noir Shea Vineyard 99
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Ponzi Abetina Vineyard Pinot Noir 98
Go To Ponzi Vineyards Pages Abetina Vineyard, owned and carefully managed by the Ponzi family, is the jewel in their crown. This tiney 2 acre vineyard of Pinot Noir sits on top of Chehalem Mountain. The site was planted in 1975 with 20 different Pinot Noir clones. This wine is the shining star of the Ponzi winery, and consistently presents elegantly nuanced wines of intense color, depth, and complexity. This 98 release is the forst for the site.


Raptor Ridge Pinot Noir Murto Vineyard 99
From the winery: Our 1999 Pinot noir / Murto Vineyard is no simple wine. With aromas of sun-baked soil and deep red fruits, the wine tastes of juicy pomegranate, wild cherries, nutmeg and licorice, enveloped in fine-grained tannins. It was produced from 21-year-old Pommard and 10-year-old Wadenswil Pinot noir vines grown high in the Red Hills of Dundee, Oregon. Winegrape yields were only 1.25 tons per acre and fermentations were carried out with both indigenous and commercial strains of yeast, resulting in a richly intense wine that will only improve with age. Go To Raptor Ridge Pages

Raptor Ridge Pinot noir Shea Vineyard 99
From the winery: Our 1999 Pinot noir / Shea Vineyard balances power with finesse. Ruby-garnet colors. Good palate weight. Age worthy composition. Aromas of rose petals, anise, and juicy ripe blackberries waft from the glass. Tastes span the spectrum from dark fruit flavors currants, black cherry, and blackberry to nuances of ripe plum. Its grip, structure, and acidity will match many a fine fare: from as roasted pumpkin & chanterelle ravioli to grilled venison or duck.Go To Raptor Ridge Pages

St Innocent Pinot Noir Brickhouse 99 delivery 10/01
The winemaker says: "Texture is the key word of the 1999 vintage and it applies in spades to the 1999 Brickhouse Vineyard Pinot noir. All of its usual raspberry, black raspberry, clove, and pepper components are present. But the mouth, oh what a mouth of velvety, no veloury (is this a word?) textures. Then there is a huge finish with all of the earlier flavors, but somehow transformed into something more exotic.

The ability of Brickhouse to age beautifully was emphasized in Minneapolis when I showed both the 1995 & 1996 vintages during a marketing trip. Both were awesome.

Brickhouse Vineyard is located on an east-facing slope overlooking the Chehalem valley at an elevation of 440'. The bowl-shaped site, blessed with Willakenzie soil and planted in 1990 with organically certified Pinot noir grapes, is protected from the prevailing winds by the Dundee Hills.

Avalon says: Very limited, always wonderful, order now and be assured of availability.


St Innocent Pinot Noir Shea Vineyard 99
St Innocent consistently offers the best prices for the higher end, single vineyard pinots that we see from Oregon, and the wines are wonderful. This is a superb example opf Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir.

The extended fall in 1999 produced very layered Pinot noirs with complex fruit, soft tannins, and nice acidity. In three of five single vineyard wines (Shea, Temperance Hill, Freedom Hill) the 1999 Pinot noirs are clearly better than the 1998's. The Brickhouse is just different in '99, and the Seven Springs is too young to tell.

Typically, the Shea Vineyard Pinot noirs have a strong floral component with raspberry and black raspberry fruit. The fruit is fairly foreward and the tannins are soft. The St Innocent Shea is deeper with more rose and violet flowers and darker, black raspberry fruit and more tannins and intensity thanother producers' wines.

The 1999 vintage seems more intense than the 1998 wine. With this much flavor, expect the wine to easily age 8-10 years.


Torii Mor Balcombe Pinot Noir 99

Torii Mor Quail Hill Pinot Noir 99

Wine Spectator had this to say about the 98 vintage: (Rated 92 points)

"Dark, dense and ripe, brimming with intense blackberry, cherry, currant and spice flavors, beautifully balanced with a zing of acidity on the finish. Has more up front than on the finish, but it's a beauty. Drink now through 2005 . (24 cases produced)"

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Domaine Serene Pinot Noir Yamhill Cuvee 99
Wine Spectator says: This winery continues to make big jumps in quality. Its 1998s were fine, but if this, its basic Pinot Noir, is any indication, 1999 will be a vintage to watch. Rich and generous without an ounce of excess weight, this lithe, supple Pinot Noir lets its blackberry and currant flavors cascade over a polished frame. Those flavors, and a hint of olive, linger effortlessly on the long finish. Drink now through 2008. RATING 91 POINTS We say: Dark ruby colored with black raspberry and sweet pie cherry aromas. A beautiful medium bodied wine that opens up showing vibrant strawberry, dark raspberry, and cassis flavors intertwined with subtle vanilla and spice on the long finish. Aged 11 months in small French oak cooperage of which 45% was new. Unfined and unfiltered. Outstanding!

Argyle Pinot Noir Nuthouse 99 SOLD OUT
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Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Nuthouse 1999
570 cases made

Wine Spectator says: ----- Argyle's Nuthouse (named after the winery building, which is a former hazelnut-processing plant) is a true reserve bottling, using selected lots from various vineyard to produce a stylish and distinctive wine. This vintage has rich cherry and raspberry flavors, with delicious orange-cream and floral grace notes, all of it lingering beautifully on the round finish. Drink now through 2007.

The color is a very deep ruby red color.   Look for sun thickened black cherry and cassis stock reduction type aromas, accompanied by licorice and toasted fresh sawn oak and cedar.  All these aromas are packed into a box of sweet, floral scents reminiscent of garden Violets at evening time.   The flavor is very thick of sweet ripe red fruits, silky smooth on the tongue. The freshness of the fruit flavors carry all the way through to the end without a dip in the middle palate. This wine is Tannin rich, but tastes like the rough corners of the tannin molecules have been sanded smooth.  The finish is long, long of sweet fresh red fruit, with just a hint of fresh spaded earth. 570 cases produced

1996 - Wine Spectator - 88
1997 - Wine Enthusiast - 91
1998 - Wine Spectator - 93
1998 - Wine Enthusiast - 92


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